2021 Dodge Durango R/T Review: The Brotherhood Of Muscle Is Strong, Yet Thirsty

2021 Dodge Durango R/T parked

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  • Yep, it’s got a Hemi
  • Rear DVD home entertainment center a huge plus for keeping the kids captivated on all journeys
  • Android-based Uconnect 5 a sight for aching eyes
  • Surprisingly spacious 3rd row
  • Made for highways and quarter-miles
  • Destroyer Gray paint not for everybody
  • That Hemi is thirsty, even with cylinder deactivation
  • No front electronic camera to assist the motorist into tight car park

SUVs and crossovers been available in all sorts of tastes nowadays. While energy is still among the primary draws to any offered design, simply what customers look for beyond the apparent is as differed as the 31 tastes of a Baskin-Robbins. Some want the most luxury and innovation possible, such as that of the Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV Others choose to cut all of that out for a bare-bones, get-the-job-done device, like the base Ford Explorer.

Then, there are clients who require muscle of a various sort. For them, the “Brotherhood of Muscle” that is Dodge comes through with the Durango. The lower trim levels (SXT, GT and GT Plus) use Stellantis’ famous Pentastar 3.5-liter V6 as their sole choice, though not one to sneeze at. The Citadel trim level, which uses both the Pentastar and the 5.7-liter variation of the more popular Hemi V8, concentrates on blending a little high-end with the brute strength.

2021 Dodge Durango R/T parked Cameron Aubernon/SlashGear

Meanwhile, the heaviest players in the Durango household (for the 2021 design year, a minimum of)– the 392 and the SRT Hellcat– ram it down the quarter-mile and the open roadway with over 6 liters of raw Hemi V8 power: 6.4 liters for the 392, 6.2 liters plus a 2.83- liter supercharger for the SRT Hellcat.

Alas, the SRT Hellcat was a one-year-only maker, leaving the 392 as the leading canine for2022 There’s still a lot of V8 goodness in the Durango household, however, and it begins with the Durango R/T, like the one that just recently invested the week with me in the Old Dominion of Virginia.

Yep, it’s got a Hemi!

2021 Dodge Durango R/T engine bay

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The 2021 Dodge Durango R/T is among 4 designs to use a Hemi V8 under the hood, and among 3 to have no other engine choices aside from said-Hemi. Unlike the 392’s previously mentioned 6.4-liter naturally aspirated variation with 485 stallions in the steady, or the wild SRT Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged iron fist with 710 enthusiast thunderhorses all set to monster all over the backstretch at Talladega, the R/T and R/T Plus use the 5.7-liter naturally aspirated engine. With 360 ponies and 390 lb.-ft. of torque ready, however, this muscle SUV can still go, dropping the hammer to 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds, and tripping the lights at the end of the quarter-mile in 15 seconds.

2021 Dodge Durango R/T engine bay Cameron Aubernon/SlashGear

Like all 2021 Durangos bar the SRT Hellcat (which is rear-drive just), the R/T can be had with back- or four-wheel drive, with this specific Destroyer Gray example embracing the latter. Directing the herd of muscle to all 4 20 x10- inch Hyperblack aluminum wheels– covered in Pirelli Verde Zeros– is an eight-speed automated, while Stellantis’ Multi-Displacement System does its finest to keep fuel utilize down on the open roadway.

Alas, and particularly with increasing fuel rates still in the news, those horses are still plenty thirsty. In-town, the EPA price quotes 14 miles will be logged per gallon, while 22 miles per gallon (mpg) can be anticipated on the highway; integrated mpg is17 As the majority of my driving was in-town, however, the very best I handled was 13.4 mpg. Contributing to the discomfort, my mother most likely wasn’t anticipating to deal with $45 to fill half of the 24.6- gallon fuel tank when she provided to spend for gas after taking her to deal with the last early morning the Durango R/T was with me. Even with her staff member discount rates knocking off $1.05, and fuel rates at that time being $4.36/ gallon prior to the discount rate, it still injure to see that on the invoice; it most likely injures a lot more now with routine approaching, if currently crossing into, $5/gallon.

A Durango R/T motion picture theatre

2021 Dodge Durango R/T rear entertainment center

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Sometimes, the view outside the 2021 Durango R/T (or the noise of the Hemi V8) isn’t adequate to keep the kids in the back amused. For $1,995, however, there can be another choice to avoid prospective battles in the 2nd and 3rd rows: the Rear DVD Entertainment. By inspecting this box, the Durango acquires a Blu-Ray-compatible DVD gamer in the front center console, a set of video and audio ports in the sides of the front seats, and a set of little flip-up screens planted in the rear part of said-seats. A remote and 2 sets of Uconnect-branded cordless earphones total this home entertainment system. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a possibility to attempt this out in my driveway, as I didn’t have any DVDs to use it. Competing household haulers from Dodge’s Stellantis brother or sisters are currently accepting baked-in streaming services like Amazon Video

2021 Dodge Durango R/T third row Cameron Aubernon/SlashGear

I did get to try the third-row seating, however, and was amazed by how spacious it was with the second-row seats up. It assists that those seats can just fold forward for additional freight room/provide simple access to the 3rd row; hence, nobody ejecting third-row residents. That stated, I am 5-foot-6 with kinda brief legs, so your mileage will differ. The 3rd row in the Durango R/T generally comes from kids, brief grownups, and family pets.

Room for all of the groceries, and more

2021 Dodge Durango R/T rear full of groceries

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Of course, whether you’re rolling through town with the household to buy groceries or heading throughout the nation to Disneyland, you got ta have space for all of your valuables. With all of the seats up, 17.5 cubic feet of freight space is readily available for day-to-day errands. As seen above, the area suffices for a weekly store. The automated tailgate is good, too, though there isn’t a button on the tailgate itself to bring it down.

Speaking of, the tailgate can identify when something is most likely to harm it, avoiding it from closing or opening. I found this while shooting the Durango R/T at Draper Valley Overlook in Pulaski County, Virginia, where the sensing units got “something,” despite the fact that there was absolutely nothing there to trigger the tailgate to not close; possibly they though the close-by bench was closer than where it was.

2021 Dodge Durango R/T second and third row seats folded Cameron Aubernon/SlashGear

With the 3rd row down, that 17.5 cubic feet grows to 43.4 cubic feet, which I used to transport away some things from my house that no longer triggered happiness to my life. If I required much more space, however, I might’ve dropped the 2nd row seating to acquire an overall of 85.1 cubic feet. That’s sufficient space for a Hellephant V8 dog crate engine, a set of drag radials, and all the tools you may require to get whatever set up on your eight-second Challenger R/T Widebody drag cars and truck job. Or perhaps numerous bags for a huge journey.

Uconnect 5 takes OEM infotainment to the next level

2021 Dodge Durango R/T dashboard

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The 2021 Dodge Durango R/T features a great deal of tech goodies as basic, consisting of a rear back-up video camera, front and rear parking help, automated headlight levelling, and keyless entry. The $2,395 Technology Group bundle consists of innovative braking help, lane-departure caution and adaptive cruise control amongst its additions. A good-looking seven-inch cluster screen and 10.1- inch touchscreen supply all the infotainment anybody requirements. And obviously, the touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a trial of the SiriusXM Guardian security and security system to secure you and yours whenever the requirement occurs.

Alas, there were a couple of things doing not have on this Durango I would’ve liked to have actually had, like a heads-up display screen and– simply as, if not more, essential– a front cam for assisting guide this lumbering monster into tight parking areas. Fortunately for the latter, the front clip of the SUV is simply low and brief enough for me to see the method through, however only simply.

2021 Dodge Durango R/T Uconnect 5 touchscreen

However, you may not wish to constantly have Apple CarPlay or Android Auto on the 10.1- inch screen. Not after providing Uconnect 5 a shot. Based Upon Android Oreo, the most recent variation of Uconnect is simple on the eyes. It looks a lot like Android Auto, though various sufficient to base on its own from Big Daddy Google’s own offering. Who understood all anybody needed to do to get customers to utilize their OEM infotainment systems was to drop BlackBerry for Android? It likewise assists that the Atlantis architecture running Uconnect 5 is as enthusiast as the stallions pulling this wagon down the roadway, thanks to the Samsung 50 K MIPS processor with 64 GB of solid-state storage and 6 GB of RAM holding it down under the Ultra HD screen. I understand that I’ll be utilizing the brand-new OEM system regularly in any Stellantis item moving forward.

Durango looks proficient at 25

2021 Dodge Durango R/T parked

Just a quarter-century back, Dodge provided its very first Durango designs to the world. That maker, based upon the Dodge Dakota with bits from then-Chrysler Corporation’s minivan parts bin, was a muscle SUV from the start, thanks to the 4.7-liter and follower 5.7-liter Magnum V8, in addition to the R/T’s 5.9-liter Magnum V8. A good-looking kid in its very first model, the Durango would go through its uncomfortable stage early in its 2nd generation in between 2004 and 2006, prior to a facelift repaired things rather for the 2007 design year into the last year in 2009.

After a year-long break, the 3rd and current-gen Durango emerged in late 2010 for the 2011 design year, abandoning its Dakota past by sharing its present with the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The 2014 design year presented a revitalized face and sportier aim to a currently powerful plan.

2021 Dodge Durango R/T parked at Walmart Cameron Aubernon/SlashGear

It’s taken 25 years, then, prior to you can have a Durango R/T like this one, which included the $4,995 Tow N Go pulling bundle (which I never ever used, considering that I didn’t have anything to tow), for an overall sticker label of $67,142; base rate for the R/T is $48,927 Some might enjoy the Destroyer Gray paint (a $395 choice), however the majority of owners will not be delighted going to gasoline station for this SUV’s fuel practices, particularly in the days of increasing costs at the pump. Include the push for electrification on all sides, and there will come a day when the last of the V8s roars out of the assembly line, followed by the silence of ridiculous electrical power (which Dodge is absolutely down for beginning in 2024).

Perhaps the Durango will see a 4th, entirely electrical, generation by the end of the 2020 s. Perhaps this is completion of the line for this muscle SUV. In any case, we ought to absolutely raise a glass for this member of the “Brotherhood of Muscle,” for we’ll never ever see the similarity this device ever once again.

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